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Grab Apple’s most stable iOS 12 public beta now | Cult of Mac

You could install iOS 12 public beta 4 now and start tinkering with Siri Shortcuts or Memoji. Why wait until fall for the full version?

Apple Music ad turns DJ Khaled's toddler son into a star | Cult of Mac

DJ Khaled promotes Apple Music, his latest single and the future star power of his son, Asahd, in new commericial.

Congressman tries to channel Trump's 'charm' in laughably bad new campaign ad

"Build a wall," Ron DeSantis tells his daughter, who's playing with blocks.

Today in Apple history: World's first iPad-only newspaper starts to crumble | Cult of Mac

On July 31, 2012, the world's first iPad-only newspaper, The Daily, lays off almost one-third of its staff, firing 50 of its 170 employees.

How Darth Vader became the most iconic evil figure in film history

It’s not only his physical appearance but everything around the Lord of the Sith.

Steam removes controversial game accused of mining cryptocurrency

Steam has removed platformer game Abstractism from its store following accusations the game is stealing users’ computing power to mine cryptocurrency.

The new season of 'The Sinner' is your next crime thriller obsession

Finding innocence in guilt.

Bring Thandie Newton back to 'Mission: Impossible,' you cowards

'Mission: Impossible – Fallout' ends on the perfect note to re-introduce Thandie Newton's character.

The 'Dietland' finale doesn't say exactly what it (probably) means

The first season on AMC's important new show leaves too many questions unanswered.

Uber hits the brakes on its self-driving truck division

Reuters reports that Uber is shuttering its autonomous freight truck division after some two years in the space, in order to focus on self-driving cars.

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They can ship the quantity they want but they'd better use a better software in their smartphones. After using a Oneplus I can't go back to a Huawei smartphone.

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4 Seattle judge blocks release of blueprints for 3D-printed guns

A federal judge in Seattle has issued a temporary restraining order to stop the release of blueprints to make untraceable and undetectable 3D-printed plastic guns.

Apple Reports Third Quarter Results

This press release contains forward-looking statements, within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include without limitation those about the Company’s estimated revenue, gross margin, operating expenses, other income/(expense), tax rate, and plans for return of capital. These statements involve risks and uncertainties, and actual results may differ. Risks and uncertainties include without limitation: the effect of global and regional economic conditions on the Company's business, including effects on purchasing decisions by consumers and businesses; the ability of the Company to compete in markets that are highly competitive and subject to rapid technological change; the ability of the Company to manage frequent product introductions and transitions, including delivering to the marketplace, and stimulating customer demand for, new products, services and technological innovations on a timely basis; the effect that product introductions and transitions, changes in product pricing and product mix, and increases in component and other costs could have on the Company’s gross margin; the dependency of the Company on the performance of distributors of the Company's products, including cellular network carriers and other resellers; the inventory and other asset risks associated with the Company’s need to order, or commit to order, product components in advance of customer orders; the continued availability on acceptable terms, or at all, of certain components, services and new technologies essential to the Company's business, including components and technologies that may only be available from sole or limited sources; the dependency of the Company on manufacturing and logistics services provided by third parties, many of which are located outside of the US and which may affect the quality, quantity or cost of products manufactured or services rendered to the Company; the effect of product and services design and manufacturing defects on the Company’s financial performance and reputation; the dependency of the Company on third-party intellectual property and digital content, which may not be available to the Company on commercially reasonable terms or at all; the dependency of the Company on support from third-party software developers to develop and maintain software applications and services for the Company’s products; the impact of unfavorable legal proceedings, such as a potential finding that the Company has infringed on the intellectual property rights of others; the impact of changes to laws and regulations that affect the Company’s activities, including the Company’s ability to offer products or services to customers in different regions; the ability of the Company to manage risks associated with its international activities, including complying with laws and regulations affecting the Company’s international operations; the ability of the Company to manage risks associated with the Company’s retail stores; the ability of the Company to manage risks associated with the Company’s investments in new business strategies and acquisitions; the impact on the Company's business and reputation from information technology system failures, network disruptions or losses or unauthorized access to, or release of, confidential information; the ability of the Company to comply with laws and regulations regarding data protection; the continued service and availability of key executives and employees; political events, international trade disputes, war, terrorism, public health issues, natural disasters, and other business interruptions that could disrupt supply or delivery of, or demand for, the Company’s products; financial risks, including risks relating to currency fluctuations, credit risks and fluctuations in the market value of the Company’s investment portfolio; and changes in tax rates and exposure to additional tax liabilities.

The 20 fastest-growing skills for freelancers

"As technological change and the knowledge economy continue advancing, so will work requiring more skills," Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork and co-chair of the World Economic Forum's Council on the Future of Gender, Education and Work, said in a press release. "Many of today's jobs will change as the world's needs change and automation progresses, but shortages in local talent pools and the skills businesses need can be overcome with freelance talent, who are nearly twice as likely as traditional employees to proactively upgrade their skills."

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How to set realistic expectations for AI

AI isn't always ready for prime time--and companies shouldn't expect it to be. Here are five key points targeting what's currently feasible and what isn't.

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Apple earnings: Can Cupertino's latest surprise save the Street? [Live blog] | Cult of Mac

Apple’s weakest earnings report of 2018 is set to be revealed today but it might also contain a few clues about the 2018 iPhone launch this fall.

WhatsApp brings group video calling to Android and iOS

Users can chat with up to three others simultaneously, regardless of their location. WhatsApp says the feature has been designed to work even over unreliable network connections, so you have no excuse not to stay in touch.

The Primus Apple Watch band debuts in Italian calfskin leather

The leather is smooth and strong, and like the majority of fine leathers, just gets better and better the more its worn. Strapa’s Primus band develops a subtle patina with age, and softens up as it conforms to the wearer’s wrist. And, the color of this leather is really beautiful. It’s 100 percent Italian calfskin leather, which makes for a really luxurious Apple Watch band.

Nintendo Switch Has Now Sold Just Under 20 Million Units - IGN

Mario Kart 8 Deluxe is the next best-selling title, up from 9.22 million units in April to 10.35 million for 2018's first quarter. The game launched on Nintendo Switch at the end of April last year. We called it the "best entry in the series so far" and said that it was "just as amazing in 2017 as it was in 2014" in our review .


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MoviePass Hikes Prices, Limits Access to Blockbusters

It'll be harder to watch summer blockbusters with MoviePass, which announced new measures to cut costs and generate more funds amidst outages and flip flops.

Spect is a super-fast image browser for Mac | Cult of Mac

Spect is in the now-thing-well school, apps that focus on a single task and make that task as easy and fast as possible. And because Spect comes from Panic developer Steven Frank, it does its task very well indeed.

WhatsApp group calls are now live for Android and iOS

All WhatsApp calls are end-to-end encrypted, and are engineered to work well even with a poor internet connection, which makes them particularly useful in countries with patchy mobile data coverage – including India, where the feature was trialled before its global launch.

Apple has a gambling and porn problem in China | Cult of Mac

Tim Cook has long been outspoken about China being Apple’s future biggest market. However, faced with a country known for its protectionist and pro-censorship business practices, it’s no surprise that Apple would periodically face challenges as it grows its brand there.

Open thread: Should Twitter users automatically delete old tweets?

Over the years, the internet has come to know quite a lot about us. There was that time we unironically donned a fedora to sing a Sinatra song on karaoke night. Or, that suggestive image of us dry humping a polar bear statue at the local zoo. For some, it’ll be their embarrassing musical taste that haunts them; We know you once saw Nickleback live. No, we’re not going to forget about it.

Apple's Wearables Revenue Reaches $10 Billion Over the Last Four Quarters

Considering that Apple is generally pretty cagey about specifics in certain numbers, with the Apple Watch not getting the distinct breakdown that other devices do. So it’s good to finally get some information from the company, even if it isn’t completely breaking things down just yet. Of course, the “Other Products” is filled with a variety of devices, including the HomePod, the AirPods, Apple Watch, and more.

22 Facebook's app will personalize navigation to fit your social habit

The bar, located at the bottom of iPhone screens and the top of Android phones, will replace the default menu you see now (News, Watch, Marketplace, Notifications and Menu in the US). You'll still see news, notifications and the menu icons, while the other two slots will update to show you the items you use more than others. The more you use a shortcut, said Facebook, the more likely it will show up in your main navigation bar. Anything not in the main bar will still be available via the Menu icon. Eventually, Facebook wants to add controls for you to customize which icons you see, rather than just automatically setting them according to usage.

Apple surprises Wall Street with record-breaking Q3 profits | Cult of Mac

Earnings per share was at $2.34. Some of the most optimistic analysts only predicted $2.26 per share. International sales accounted for 60 percent of the quarter’s revenue. Services revenue was up 31% YOY at $9.54 billion, which was also better than Wall Street’s expectations.

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25 Facebook says it uncovers new meddling before 2018 U.S. elections

(Reuters) - Facebook Inc said on Tuesday it had identified a new coordinated political influence campaign to mislead its users and sow dissension among voters ahead of November’s U.S. congressional elections.

How AWS efficiencies are hurting cloud competitors

On the other hand, Google CEO Sundar Pichai is right to argue that the world is going multi-cloud. While some enterprises are undoubtedly going "all in" on AWS, many more will have different workloads running AWS, Google Cloud, or Microsoft Azure, all within the same enterprise. Why? Because the cloud breeds choice, and when adoption is a credit card swipe away, developers will choose the cloud that most suits them. Depending on where they're starting, that likely means AWS and Azure will get the lion's share of workloads, but Google Cloud is making a name for itself in ML-oriented workloads.

How to install the iOS 12 beta

Of course, iOS 12 is known for its new Memoji feature, but it also adds functionality for group FaceTime, ringless notifications, additional battery usage information, and screen time limiting. Augmented reality (AR) will be a major part of the iOS software moving forward, with major updates also coming to Apple's ARKit and the launch of the USDZ file format. Faster app launches and faster swipes to the camera are also nice updates with this iOS release.

20 terrifying uses of artificial intelligence

Many advances in artificial intelligence are innovative and extraordinary, but some are downright creepy. Here are 20 of the eeriest ways people are using, or could use, AI.

Google to Android Phone Makers: Don't Go Crazy With the Notches

Google tells Android developers that 'devices may only have up to one cutout on each short edge of the device.' In other words, we probably won't see phones with more than two notches.

Why you should be using Firefox Test Pilot

But how do you install Test Pilot? Easy. Point Firefox to Scroll down until you see the Install The Test Pilot Add-on button and click it. When prompted, click Add. That's it. The extension is installed. You can now go back to the Test Pilot website and add experiments to Firefox. Trust me when I say that Test Pilot is something you want installed on Firefox. You'll not only get a sneak peak into possible concepts that might make their way into the full Firefox feature set, you'll help the developers decide on which of those concepts to keep. Happy piloting!

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iCloud users targeted by malicious 'Apple Care' phishing scam

Some users have received emails recently that push them to fake Apple Support websites. Once there, the sites prompt them to call “Apple Care” because their devices are supposedly “locked for illegal activity.” Here’s how to avoid the scam.

Grab excellent photo app Obscura 2 while you can | Cult of Mac

“If you have been frustrated by confusing camera apps in the past, the powerful simplicity of Obscura 2 makes it great,” he wrote. “Whether you are snapping family candids or taking epic Instagram photos, Obscura 2 is a great upgrade from the iPhone’s stock camera app. (It) can quickly elevate your iPhone photography experience.”

34 Facebook could take on with singing-focused Talent Show

If you've been pining for a new way to show off your singing chops, you're in luck. Facebook is apparently developing a new show that will have users record their performances and send them in as an audition. According to researcher Jane Manchun Wong , who found the feature in the Facebook app's code, there's a new interface to find popular songs and then record your own rendition of the tune. Wong says that the feature "feels like a cross between and Fifteen Million Merits from Black Mirror."

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fuck Apple man, they're one of the greediest companies out right now. Don't get me wrong, when Steve Jobs was alive and CEO, Apple was magical. I bought all they're products, they were on top of their game. Nowadays Im not going to give even a penny to that company

Over 4 million people participate in Apple's software beta programs

Apple CEO Tim Cook reveals that an extraordinarily large number of people are taking part in the company's beta program, which covers early versions of iOS, macOS and the company's other major operating systems.

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Fortnite update brings guided missile, new Fly Explosives game mode

You can enjoy it in regular Battle Royale matches, as well as in the brand new Fly Explosives game mode, filled with jetpacks and explosive weapons. Slurp Juice issues have also been fixed in this release.

Apple lists good deeds to avoid Cupertino 'head tax' | Cult of Mac

Apple is the reason why most non-locals know the name Cupertino. Just in case free international advertising wasn’t enough, however, the company just sent a letter to the Cupertino City Council, outlining all the nice things Apple does to benefit its hometown.

Facebook cuts off access to user data for 'hundreds of thousands' of apps

Facebook's VP of Product Partnerships, Ime Archibong, explained in a blog post Tuesday that Facebook had cut off API access for "hundreds of thousands of inactive apps that have not submitted for our app review process." That's a lot of random, dormant apps that had access.

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Thieves kidnapped a shark by disguising it as a baby

Two men and a woman attempted to kidnap a three-foot long horn shark from the San Antonio Aquarium by disguising it as a baby. And yes, you did read that correctly.

Vice President Mike Pence blames US cybersecurity issues on Obama

The move comes amid heightened concern over cybersecurity, with the exposure of consumer data happening on a virtually weekly basis and and growing concern over nation-sponsored attacks.  Over the last decade, the US government has ramped up its cybersecurity operations. But in recent years, the issue has reached a tipping point for many agencies.

Apple Announces Q3 2018 Revenue of $53.3 Billion With 41.3m iPhones, 11.5m iPads, and 3.7m Macs

“Apple today announced financial results for its fiscal 2018 third quarter ended June 30, 2018. The Company posted quarterly revenue of $53.3 billion, an increase of 17 percent from the year-ago quarter, and quarterly earnings per diluted share of $2.34, up 40 percent. International sales accounted for 60 percent of the quarter’s revenue.”

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Facebook just removed 32 pages and accounts for "coordinated inauthentic behavior." In short: fake pages and accounts were running politically divisive campaigns that had similarities to Russian meddling in the run-up to the 2016 presidential election.

Huawei surpasses Apple in Q2 smartphone shipments | ZDNet

While Samsung maintains a comfortable lead in the worldwide smartphone market, Huawei's shipments surpassed Apple's, making Q2 2018 the first quarter in eight years that Apple hasn't been the No. 1 or No. 2 smartphone company in terms of market share.

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